1. Eco Ethics in Our World: Chaitanya Motupalli


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    Doctoral student Chaitanya Motupalli elaborates on his journey into ecological/environmental ethics.

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    • Sacred Snapshots 2012


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      This past April, Pacific School Of Religion was host to the second annual Sacred Snapshots event, a full day of inter-religious study, discussion, and activity.

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      • Lewis Mudge discusses his research in his Berkeley, Calif. Study, Feb. 1, 2009


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        Lewis Mudge talks about the current global economic downturn and whether the nations of the world could work together for what might be called Bretton Woods II to reconstruct the global economy in more just ways that parallel some of the reforms following the original Bretton Woods conference in 1944. He believes that this new effort should also benefit the roughly four billion people who live largely outside the realm of global economic affairs today. He discusses both the Davos Global Economic Forum and the opposing World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil in early 2009. Mudge was doing this research on behalf of the General Assembly Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) of the Presbyterian Church (USA). ACSWP expected to produce a document for the 2010 assembly of the denomination. Lewis Mudge was the Robert Leighton Stuart Professor of Theology, Emeritus at the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California. He died on September 11, 2009 at his home in Berkeley. At the time he had written the first seventy pages of a book on the subject which is forthcoming in early 2014 with the collaboration of others.

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        • Jennifer M. Granholm speaks at PSR's 146th Annual Commencement, May 26, 2013


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          On May 26, Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm spoke at Pacific School of Religion's 146th Annual Commencement. Her speech touched on faith, feminism, social justice, and much more. Granholm was elected governor of Michigan 2002 and re-elected in 2006. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn, and worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the advanced manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio. After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. About PSR: A multidenominational Christian seminary in Berkeley, CA, Pacific School of Religion has been preparing bold leaders for historic and emerging faith communities since 1866. Its graduates are known for innovative ministries of compassion and justice around the world. It has been a member of the Graduate Theological Union since 1964.

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          • Reading the Fifth Gospel: Archaeology and Early Christianity


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            March 14, 2012. Jonathan L. Reed, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Religion at the University of La Verne, provides the 20th Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts. Reed's slide-illustrated lecture, "Reading the Fifth Gospel: Archaeology and Early Christianity," examines the importance of archaeological excavations and studies for understanding the rise of Christianity. Focusing on Galilee as part of the broader Mediterranean world under Roman rule, Reed examines several key demographic trends that shaped the setting in which Jesus and his first followers lived, and in which the Gospels must be read. Reading the land as foreground, rather than mere background, Reed suggests that future Biblical scholars need to be trained more broadly in interdisciplinary ways.

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            • God in the White House: Religion and the 2012 Election


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              On Oct 18, 2012, Graduate Theological Union hosted a panel discussions that explored the Christian, Mormon, Muslim and Jewish perspectives on the upcoming election, and the role of religion in American politics. The speakers were: - James A. Donahue, President and Professor of Ethics, Graduate Theological Union (http://www.gtu.edu) - Daniel Itzkovitz, Professor of American Literature and Culture, Stonehill College (http://www.stonehill.edu/x8245.xml) - Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (http://www.cair.com/) - Robert A. Rees, Visiting Professor of Mormon Studies, Graduate Theological Union (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Rees) Moderator: Marianne Farina, C.S.C., Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Graduate Theological Union (moderator)

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              • Interfaith Panel: Rituals of Death, Dying, Mourning


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                Students in Mary Donovan Turner’s class Weddings, Baptisms, and Funerals, and students in Concurrent Field Education gathered together to learn from the practices of Jewish, UU, Muslim and Buddhist traditions. There were presentations from: Dan Fendel – Jewish expert on Chevra Kadisha * Rev. Susan Conrad – Unitarian Universalist, Chaplaincy Supervisor at Alta-Bates Summit Hospital Ameena Jandali – Islamic Networks Group Rev. Harry Bridge – Faculty, Institute for Buddhist Studies This was followed by a discussion, led by PSR MDiv student Jennifer Mahru * Chevra Kadisha: an Aramaic expression, meaning ―"the Holy Group," and referring to the group of individuals, generally volunteers, who take upon themselves the task of preparing members of the community who have passed away for burial, according to the Jewish Traditions of respect and honor for the deceased.

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                • Luis Valdez, El Pachuco and la Virgen de Guadalupe


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                  15th Annual Reading of the Sacred Text, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, February 14, 2007.

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                  • Spiritual Other/Spiritual Self: Models of Transformative Interfaith Work - Surjit Singh Lecture 2013


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                    Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 7:00pm People of diverse religious backgrounds encounter each other daily in coffee shops, hospitals, classrooms, and around the dinner table. What might these encounters teach us about ourselves, our neighbors, or about God? Drawing on stories from My Neighbor’s Faith (Orbis, 2012), this year's Singh Lecture will explore what these encounters tell us about the nature of transformative interfaith work today. Jennifer Howe Peace (Ph.D. '05) is Assistant Professor of Interfaith Studies at Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) and serves as director of CIRCLE (the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education), a joint venture of ANTS and Hebrew College. She co-edited, along with Or Rose and Greg Mobley, My Neighbor's Faith (Orbis, 2012). Responses will be given by Charles Gibbs (Executive Director, United Religions Initiative) and Rebecca Parker (President, Starr King School for the Ministry) with a discussion moderated by Judith Berling (Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions, GTU). The Graduate Theological Union has long been a leading center for ecumenical theological education and for interreligious dialogue and understanding. The annual Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture builds on this tradition by fostering interreligious and cross-cultural communication and understanding, without compromising the integrity and essential telos of a religion or a culture. This endowed lectureship brings to the GTU a distinguished scholar/church leader to address religion and culture from a cross-cultural perspective.

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                    • Dedication Ceremony October 29, 2013


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                      This Dedication ceremony formally acknowledged the donation by Susanne M. Batzdorff, niece of Edith Stein, of her collection on her aunt to the Graduate Theological Union. Speakers in order of the video are: GTU President Riess Potterveld, Welcome; GTU Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Arthur Holder, Master of Ceremonies; Eloise Rosenblatt, PhD and family law attorney; Rev. Dr. Thomas Devereaux, Santa Rosa Diocese; Emily Leah Silverman, Visiting Professor at GTU; Justin Gable, student and teacher at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology; Rev. Dr. Louis Weil, professor emeritus at Church Divinity School of the Pacific; he also reads short remarks by Carmelite Provincial Rev. Dr. John Sullivan, OCD; and Susanne M. Batzdorff. Edith Stein (1891-1942), St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was born Jewish in Breslau. She became a teacher, philosopher, phenomenologist, feminist and translator. In 1922, she was baptized into the Roman Catholic church. Unable to continue as a professor under the Nazi rule, she joined the Discalced Carmelites in 1933. In 1942, she and her sister Rosa were arrested as Jews who became Catholic by the Gestapo in Echt, Netherlands. They were killed at Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. Edith Stein was canonized in 1998. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe.

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